What’s in Your Toolbox?
I am often reminded of the quote,
“If all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.”
What’s in your toolbox?
This quote, in turn, begs the question: What’s in your toolbox? As we navigate throughout life, yes we will encounter problems – but we must not allow ourselves to hammer away at every issue and expect a sound result. This brings major chaos but minimal change. If we are to create a better tomorrow for ourselves and others, we must put the hammer down and reach for other tools in our toolbox. Tomorrow starts today, and it will start with us using a multitude of tools to overcome obstacles that come our way.
So again I ask the question: What’s in your toolbox?
If you have a toolbox, great! Just make sure that when you let someone borrow a tool, you get it back. If you don’t have a toolbox, don’t worry, we will build one now. Allow me to offer just a few tools to get you going:
- Patience – You can’t argue and have action. Patience is a virtue.
- Mentors – When you stand on the shoulders of others, you can see further.
- Action – Dreams are good, but you must wake up, sit up, stand up, and make it happen!
- Hope – Plant seeds today and the harvest will come.
- Humbleness – Don’t worry about making headlines, just make headway.
- Service – We make our lives full by serving others.
- Hard work – Talent is never enough.
These seven should get you going. You can never have too many tools.
– David McGhee is an award winning mentor, public speaker, professor at Mott Community College, and Program Director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint. McGhee also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Flint Public Library. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidRMcGhee